Outrage over gay protocols for crises in Australia

Outrage over gay protocols for crises in Australia, by Rebecca Urban.

Gender-neutral bathrooms in ­crisis evacuation centres and tailored support services to address perceived discrimination against gay and transgender communities are being canvassed under a push to develop “LGBTI-inclusive” emergency management policies.

Victorian government funded researchers will investigate the specific experiences and needs of LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) communities in the event of an emergency, such as a bushfire or flood, amid broad questioning about the Andrews government’s increasingly radical social agenda.

The initiative follows research commissioned by several women’s health organisations claiming that disaster impacts are “heightened for LGBTI people”.

Surely in an emergency issues of sexuality are unimportant? Or is there a political issue at stake here?

hat-tip Stephen Neil